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Sharapova won't pursue Wimbledon wildcard

Sharapova won't pursue Wimbledon wildcard

Maria Sharapova will take part in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament rather than request a main-draw wildcard.

The Russian was denied a wildcard for the French Open by tournament officials, who argued that while concessions can be made for injuries, the same can not be said for doping suspensions.

Sharapova is also unlikely to have received a wildcard from Wimbledon officials, and so her decision to not even request one is probably a shrewd one.

She will have to win through three qualifying rounds to earn a spot in Wimbledon's 128-strong main draw.

"Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard into the main draw," said Sharapova in a statement on her website.

One thing is clear, though, Sharapova is as determined as ever and is more than willing to fight her way back to the top.

"If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday," she wrote after news broke of the French Open's decision.

"No words, games, or actions will ever stop me reaching my own dreams."

The WTA was critical of the French Open's decision, saying there are "no grounds to penalise any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters".

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